Dozens of Activists and Journalists Jailed, Restrictive Laws Adopted (Berlin, September 2, 2013) 

The Azerbaijani government is engaged in a deliberate, abusive strategy to limit dissent, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The strategy is designed to curtail opposition political activity, limit public criticism of the government, and exercise greater control over nongovernmental organizations. The clampdown on freedom of expression, assembly, and association have accelerated in the months preceding the presidential elections, scheduled for October 9, 2013